Marsabit and Mandera counties were placed under a 21-day containment period on Wednesday after two confirmed cases of the coronavirus were reported in Mandera this week, Marsabit County Commissioner Evans Achoki said.
Movement in and out of the county on foot, by road (by car or motorcycle) has been restricted with the exception of transportation of food and essential goods. The only condition in place for this to happen is that the cargo trucks have one driver and delegated assistants.
“We discourage inter-county movements and call on the residents of the two counties to strictly remain at home unless they have some emergencies to attend to,” Achoki said.
A team of health officials has been dispatched to trace people who may have come into contact with the two individuals who tested positive for the virus.
The two, a man and a woman, are in isolation at Mandera Referral Hospital. They arrived in Mandera on April 1, having travelled by bus from Nairobi the previous day.
Mandera Governor Ali Roba said the two landed in Kilifi from Europe before proceeding to Mandera.
Health authorities are exploring the possibility that the two may have contracted the virus while in Kilifi.
According to Marsabit Governor Mohamud Ali, the closeness and interdependence of both counties could result in a high viral spread despite his county not yet recording any conformed coronavirus case.
Four other areas have been placed under a 21-day containment period namely: the Nairobi Metropolitan Area, Mombasa, Kilifi and Kwale.
Source(s): Daily Nation
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